A Kansas woman who is a local cannabis activist came home to find several police officers and social workers at her home. Despite not having a warrant, police refused to allow Shona Banda access to her own home. Banda repeatedly asks the officers if they have a warrant, which they respond they do not. However, Banda is refused entry to the home and told that they suspected drugs were inside. When Banda pressed officers as to why they felt drugs were present in the home, the police noted that the Child Protective Services were called after her 11-year-old son argued in favor of marijuana at the school’s anti-drug presentation.
The startling video captured on Banda’s cellphone backs up her claims and shows the band of police officers and child protective services workers at her home. Banda asks the sergeant at her home why they believe marijuana is on her property and the man responds, “doesn’t matter.” That answer seems to be the theme as officers can be seen standing in the woman’s backyard as she tells them they need to leave as they do not have a warrant and the backyard is not public property.
“You are not allowed in my backyard. It is not public property, you don’t have a warrant!”
However, the sergeant again says “it doesn’t matter” and allows the officers to stay in the yard. Three hours after the police stood ground on her property, refusing to allow the woman access to her own home, a warrant was finally issued. Police entered the home and found just two ounces of cannabis oil. As a result of finding the oil, police removed Banda’s 11-year-old child from her home and placed him in the custody of her ex despite no criminal charges being filed against her.
Banda says that the cannabis oil was obtained for medicinal purposes in Colorado were she recently lived. She plans to fight the removal of her son at the custody hearing scheduled for Monday.
What do you think of police removing a child from parental custody for cannabis oil which is legal in many states? What about barring the woman from entry to her home without a warrant? Should Banda be able to sue the department for standing ground on her private property without a warrant in their possession?